How to Write the UPenn Supplemental Essays 2020-2021

Recorded Thursday, October 8 at 11:00 PM

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University of Pennsylvania | UPenn

Philadelphia, PA

Learn how to write an awesome essay for your UPenn application.

Moriah Kofsky, a recent graduate of UPenn, will provide an in-depth breakdown of each of the UPenn essay prompts, discussing how to write a great essay in response to each one. He'll also share his take on the essays and topics you shouldn't write about for each prompt.

Finally, he'll open up the floor for a Q&A session, where he'll answer any and all questions about the UPenn essays.

School information

University of Pennsylvania | UPenn

Philadelphia, PA
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Undergrad College: University of Pennsylvania '19

Major: English and Women’s Studies

Work Experience: I'm passionate about merging storytelling, psychology, and spirituality to co-create experiences that transform people. In addition to advising students with CollegeVine, I work as a life coach and freelance writer.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Moriah and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
48:08@AvaR:Will this be recorded? My internet is bad you keep breaking up :(
48:57@anonymous:Can the clubs that you talk about be related to academics or service related as well?
49:48@cchalk:Is it OK to talk about being in a city and why you like that about Penn?
51:12@anonymous:In the second essay would it be better to only talk about one thing you'd like to engage in since its so short?
52:35@anonymous:If we were to speak about courses, should you try for higher level ones that are more specific?
54:34@anonymous:Where can I find information about specific courses?
56:43@anonymous:How much of essay 1 should be about myself and my story about the academic interest and how much should be about Penn and how we will explore opportunities at penn?
58:44@anonymous:how do you avoid making comparisons when stating how Penn is unique to other schools and why you prefer it?
59:47@Samad_Farhat:How can one effectively ensure that one is utilizing information that is explicit to attending UPenn, rather than information that is superfluous, such as due to repetition in an essay, in general, or repetition in an essay from the given information in an application?
63:46@anonymous:When writing your essay, should u focus most on why you should be accepted into Penn in regards to academics, sports, or how your different and how you can bring different things to the table?
66:27@faihansolo:Should the essays be written in a matter-of-fact tone or a narrative tone?
68:40@wifiduck22:Is it a good idea to email professors to ask them questions about their research and then talk about how you emailed them and are interested in their research in your supplement?
70:34@anonymous:Oh also would it be bad to talk about Penn's campus not having visited/only done a virtual visit?
71:55@wifiduck22:Do you have any application tips specifically for Wharton
72:30@anonymous:How can we take about contributing to the Penn community while avoiding presumptions?
74:43@anonymous:If I don't know my major, or if I'm interested in many things, how do I best write my academic specific essay?
77:24@anonymous:Do we need to talk about Penn culture? If so, can you tell us a little about your experience at Penn and what the culture was like?
81:56@anonymous:when you get a chance, could you go back to the excerpt answering the first penn question
83:35@faihansolo:How do you research specific programs effectively at UPenn?
85:39@anonymous:Are international student essays read with the same standards as Americans?
86:38@faihansolo:Can I talk about the importance of my religion if it's a big part of my application?


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